Date Thesis Awarded


Access Type

Honors Thesis -- Access Restricted On-Campus Only

Degree Name

Bachelors of Science (BS)




Seth Aubin

Committee Members

Henry Krakauer

Peter Kemper


This thesis presents work on the development of an atomic clock using bosonic potassium (39K and 87Rb) in order to study the role of inter-atom interactions on an atomic time standard. The project designed and constructed an RF circuit and RF antenna to manipulate the internal hyper fine states of the ultra-cold atoms. We developed an optical trap to trap these atoms in a vacuum cell, and performed several tests to check their behavior and measure their temperature. We performed experiments to observe Rabi flopping between the hyper ne states of the atoms. The eventual goal of this project is to create an operational atomic clock and observe the effects of inter-atom interactions.

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Thesis is part of Honors ETD pilot project, 2008-2013. Migrated from Dspace in 2016.

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